File Photo – Lake County Coroner’s Office in Waukegan | Photo: Lake County Government

The coroner’s office announced they are hosting the first-ever indigent and unclaimed persons burial for 79 people in Lake County on Monday.

Lake County Coroner Jennifer Banek said on Thursday that the ecumenical nondenominational burial ceremony will be held at Ascension Cemetery, 1920 West Buckley Road in Libertyville.

The ceremony will begin at 1 p.m. Monday following a procession to the cemetery.

The procession route will start at the coroner’s office in Waukegan at 12:15 p.m. and proceed south on Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue to Route 120.

The procession will head west on Route 120 to O’Plaine Road and travel south on O’Plaine Road to Route 137.

Banek said the remains of 79 indigent or unclaimed people, who have previously been cremated, will be interred in the cemetery.

Funeral directors from throughout the county will transport the remains from the coroner’s office to the cemetery.

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The Lake County Sheriff’s Office will provide an escort during the procession.

The coroner’s office organized the event in conjunction with the Catholic Cemeteries of the Archdiocese of Chicago.

Banek said the coroner’s office is thankful to be able to lay the community members to rest in a “dignified and respectful manner.”

The service will be similar to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office’s indigent and unclaimed person burials, which began in 2012.

The medical examiner’s office has hosted numerous burials since 2012, interring thousands of adults and unborn babies.